Is Getting Out of Iraq Still at the Top of Obama's List?

Barack Obama's security team is in place and once January 20 rolls around, it should be full steam ahead on his promises about getting us out of Iraq, right? ...more

Putting country first

As we head into the final hours of the 2008 presidential campaign, millions of voters will make the final decision as to whether they should cast their ballot for president for Senator McCain or Barack Obama. For me, the decision has been easy: I’m supporting Senator McCain, because I believe that he is best prepared to lead our country through the tremendous challenges we face, both at home and abroad. ...more

That can be a tough thing to accomplish in politics, where party loyalty is often ...more

Where was this guy in 2003?

Oh yeah, he was banging the drums for war.   Powell endorses Obama as 'transformational', by Mike Allen and Jonathan Martin, Politico via Yahoo! News and Meet the Press. ...more

However, I don't think the question should have been given the validity that comes from asking ...more

While the Talk Goes On: Soldier Suicide Rate Upward Bound

According to a report by the AP today:  "Soldier suicides this year could surpass the record rate of last year, Army officials said Thursday, urging military leaders at all levels to redouble prevention efforts for a force strained by two wars."  ...more

Good News in Iraq and Europe

Ill-informed Democrats like Barack's other Veep vetter Eric Holder may believe Europe will love us with Barack, but he must have missed the last few elections over there which brought center-right leaders (as best you can expect in socialist Europe) to power--Germany's Angela Merkel, France's Nicholas Sarkozy, and the irrepressible Silvio ...more

What You Don't Know About the Iraq War

With the 24/7 media coverage of the presidential campaign, Michelle Obama on The View and stories about what John McCain calls his wife, there's a news gorilla in the room we've been ignoring -- the Iraq War. Sure, we hear on the campaign trail that Barack Obama wants to bring the troops home and McCain, not so much. But the coverage of what's really going on in Iraq isn't making it onto the nightly news shows. ...more

McCain Talks to Bloggers, Focus is on Obama and National Security

John McCain held another in his series of question and answer calls with bloggers today and BlogHer was invited to join in (though I was unable to make it into the Q&A queue before time ran out).  The call came on the heels of his speech last night in Louisiana (video available at this link to Catherine Morgan at The Political Voices of Women and his media call this morning where, along with Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Representative Eric Cantor (R-VA) and his foreign policy and national security director Randy Scheunemann, McCain responded to Senator Barack Obama's earlier speech to  the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Today's blogger call confirmed that McCain is now campaigning against Obama and that national security and foreign policy will be key issues. ...more

It's important that we consider them in all their glory, even if excruciating rather than ...more

Earn our votes '08: What would Clinton, Obama and McCain really do with Iraq?

Oh the irony. After years of being told "I've never met anyone from Montana before!" my home state of fewer than one million people will have a high profile Tuesday when voters in Montana and South Dakota (with even fewer inhabitants) go to the polls to decide which Democratic nominee gets their combined 31 delegates. ...more

BlogHer EXCLUSIVE: Barack Obama answers policy questions from women who blog (Video)

Sen. Barack Obama sat down with BlogHer today to answer key policy questions developed by this community of bloggers for 2008 presidential candidates. In an exclusive on-camera interview with BlogHer, Sen. Obama (D-IL) answers questions about the economy, Iraq, health care and the environment -- including a health-care screening process for every veteran and support for their spouses and families, health insurance coverage for birth control to avoid unwanted pregnancies, and working with China and other countries on climate change, a "major problem." ...more

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When 2013 Is Not A Date, But A Vision For Victory

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee John McCain has a vision of what his first term in office will look like, and it includes America welcoming home '"most" of it's servicemen and women by 2013. "...the following are conditions that I intend to achieve. And toward that end, I will focus all the powers of the office, every skill and strength I possess, and seize every opportunity to work with members of Congress who put the national interest ahead of partisanship, and any country in the world that shares our hopes for a more peaceful and prosperous world. By January 2013, America has welcomed home most of the servicemen and women who have sacrificed terribly so that America might be secure in her freedom. The Iraq War has been won, " McCain said Thursday in Columbus, Ohio. ...more

I don't care if it's a specific timeline, a total plan, or even just a vague reference.

The ...more